McCALL’S MEN GET THE JOB DONE
I T MAY not have been one for the purists, but Bradford boss Stuart McCall was more than happy to see his side win ugly over Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.
Two goals in five second-half minutes from Alex Jones and Jordy Hiwula saw the Bantams move to within two points of the automatic promotion spots, and deepened the woes of the Sky Blues, whose hopes of League One survival are fading rapidly.
And McCall is determined to ensure that his players don’t get ahead of themselves as the battle for promotion enters its final weeks.
“It’s impossible to be pretty on that park, so it was about getting the job done,” McCall admitted. “We’re not looking at the league table – obviously we’re looking at the results – but first and foremost we just concentrate on ourselves.
“If we come off and we’ve done the business, great.
“We’ve won three out of the last four games, so the belief and spirit in the team is good.”
Stuart Beavon had gone close for Coventry with a bicycle kick after a quarter of an hour, while at the other end Bradford were denied an opener only by a goal-line clearance from Jordan Turnbull after Charlie Wyke’s header hit the post.
But the visitors went ahead five minutes after the restart when a fine corner delivery from Tony McMahon was struck into the roof of the net by first-half substitute Jones.
Jones came close to a second moment slater, being denied only when Lee Burge tipped his 20-yard effort over for a corner. But Hiwula soon extended the Bantams’ lead.
The Huddersfield Town loanee sidefooted a deflected shot past Burge having been fed by Mark Marshall following a counter-attack, and from there the visitors never looked back.
Coventry are now 14 points adrift of safety with only ten games to play and relegation looks all but certain.
New boss Mark Robins, who returned for a second stint at the club on Monday after the departure of Russell Slade, admitted that his side showed their fragility as soon as they went behind despite a solid first-half display.
“I was quite satisfied, if not pleased, with the first half,” Robins reflected.
“The start to the game was good, and we could have nicked a goal or two. When we get chances, we’ve got to take them.
“You can see that we’re fragile. We’ve conceded a goal five minutes into the second half and not been able to respond to it.
“We then didn’t look like we could get back in the game, and that was the disappointment for me.
“If you look at Bradford they have shown experience and strength and a know-how to go on and win the game
“It’s difficult to criticise, but we have to be better. We have to try and grow up really quickly.”
STAR MAN MARK MARSHALL Bradford SKY HIGH: Jordy Hiwula punches the air after, inset, scoring Bradford’s second